3 Minute Thesis: University Level Reflection

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is a national conference in which graduate students compete in their communication skills by condensing their theses or master’s project, sometimes upwards of 90,000 words, into a 3-minute presentation using a single slide. They are evaluated based on the comprehension of their research and their ability to convey it effectively to audiences who are not knowledgeable about the subject of their presentation.

Each college at BYU competes in 3MT to select a candidate for the university-level competition. This year, 14 students from the College of Nursing at Brigham Young University competed in 3MT at the college level. Of the 14, Kristen Hamblin was chosen to represent the College of Nursing at the university level. She presented whether dating-app facilitated sexual assaults differ from other rape cases. In addition, associate dean Dr. Julie Valentine will be giving a TEDx talk on March 17th at the Covey Center for the arts. You can get your tickets to the event here.

At the University level 3MT competition, ten students from different fields competed. There were presentations on many topics such as solving period poverty, using LSD to curb drug addiction and making mining a more efficient industry in terms of water use. We congratulate Radhya Gamage from the Analytical Chemistry department for winning the competition with her presentation on the Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer, a compact mass spectrometer that has implications for many fields of science.

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